Mombasa Governor Ali Hasan Joho is one of the few lucky politicians who have got away with admonishing a sitting president.
Just a few months ago, when Joho was not feuding with President Uhuru Kenyatta, he was after his Deputy William Ruto, or he will be battling it out with officers of the provincial administration. He has been on record ‘reminding’ Coast County Commissioner who was later promoted to Regional Coordinator, Nelson Marwa, that he is Uhuru’s desk office.
But this has not been the case of lately as the ‘Sultan of Mombasa’ has lately been nowhere to be seen in the political arena. Jogo who has now come open on why he has been evading politics claims that it is all for the benefit of his people.
Joho who was speaking during the launch of Kenya Maritime Academy in Mombasa which was presided by President Kenyatta on Monday claimed that recently he has been asked why he has been so quiet.
“I always tell them we have moved from the era of talking about each other to the era of talking to each other. All we will be fighting each other from now is fight against corruption and uniting Kenyans”.
Joho went on to pledge his loyalty to Uhuru where he made a promise to never make unnecessary attacks against other leaders.
“The best way to address issues is to speak to one another. My team and I have chosen to engage each other in efforts to reach an amicable solution,” he added.
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During the launch, the President reiterated his government plan to revive the shipping line.
“ The revival of the Kenya shipping line will enable Kenya to benefit from the regional and global maritime transport value chain for over 90 per cent of Kenya foreign trade is dependent on maritime transport.” President Kenyatta.
Some Coast MPs, including Abdulswamad, in whose constituency the function was held, did not attend. The MP led several other Coast leaders in opposing the planned joint running of the Sh27 billion port terminal by KNSL and MSC, demanding that the facility be run by a 100 per cent Government-owned entity.